An LA screenwriter is killed shortly after completing his latest script, FALL OUT – a thriller destined to be a blockbuster but written with a secret double purpose. Echoing events from the past, the screenplay is sent to a very specific group of people and will change their lives forever. All are connected to a movie that had abruptly stopped shooting in the jungles of the Philippines years before. FALL OUT exposes the truth about a conspiracy and murder that led to a half-a-billion-dollar fortune for a select few.
Follow the story of Producer Marcus Riley, who sets out on an increasingly dangerous quest to get FALL OUT made. From a powerful agent’s office in Hollywood, hidden treasures in Belgravia and a remote chalet in the Swiss Alps to murder at the Cannes Film Festival, Marcus teams up with designer Melinda (Mako) de Turris as they and the other recipients of the screenplay are pursued by an assassin from the past.
With clues cleverly concealed in the screenplay, Marcus and Mako unravel a lethal puzzle that for some will bring death, others the truth and ends in a cave with a shocking secret…
Mark Grenside is the internationally celebrated author of Fall Out. Before that, he worked as a television and film producer with some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
Mark was born and raised in London, UK, starting his career in Kidnap, Ransom and Extortion Insurance. But, after a chance meeting with Peter Orton and Jim Henson, he dumped the suit and tie and entered the sensational, inspirational, celebrational world of The Muppets.
That switch to entertainment was just the beginning of an eclectic media and entrepreneurial career for Mark. Aside from joining Jim Henson’s team behind The Muppets, he has created and produced several television series, arranged the $250 million buyout of the Hallmark Channel International, and co-founded Dragonfly Biosciences and two digital companies.
Using his insider knowledge of the film industry combined with meticulous research, Mark took another career sidestep to become a thriller author, writing his critically acclaimed debut Fall Out based on the true scandal of a multi-billion-dollar theft and murder. Mark then completed the gripping sequel to Fall Out, titled The Bastion, in 2023.
Mark also shares his witty observations on the devious, the obvious and the ridiculous in his blog https://www.andanotherthing.com/, which has subscribers in more than 40 countries.
Corruption, greed, deceit, lies, dreams, and death describe this novel to a T. This cast of characters has a secret they are hiding, or at least some of them are hiding one. The others are determined to uncover the mystery of why so many have died over the years. It also gives us a look into the film industry, what goes into making a movie, and how those attributes could make or break a film and those involved.
The story jumps around a lot - from the past (1945 or so) to the 1970s to the present. It took me a while to get used to the jumping around and to understand the significance of the scenes from the 1940s since you truly don't understand it until about 3/4 of the way through the book.
This is a fast-paced book with many plot lines and characters to keep up with. The book also shares some pages of a screenplay, but the significance will take some detective work to uncover the truth. I was surprised at some of the twists and turns the book took with the different characters, including those that were running for their lives. It is amazing how much deception there was from the various characters, and it seemed like anyone could be bought or paid off.
I did think that the book was about 75-100 pages too long. Others would probably disagree, but at times there was text that didn't seem to add much to the storyline. I did enjoy the action and the fast-paced novel, and we give this book 3 1/2 paws.
Fall Out was an entertaining and complex adventure! It's told from different points of views with both fictional and actual historical events and entertaining characters! There are a few different settings and they were gorgeous to read about! The details of the events were vivid which really added to the reading experience! The way the author built the suspense and then gave you just enough to keep reading was great! Such a wonderful debut! I can't wait to see what will come next from M.N. Grenside!
As a librarian, I consider myself quite well-read. I was shocked to realize that this was Grenside's debut novel. The intricacy of the plot, which weaved in historical events with fictional ones, had me hooked from the beginning. It is a talented storyteller indeed that can create such a tale of intrigue and action, while taking you all over the world. I kept thinking that this novel would play out brilliantly on the big screen. Until then, I will anxiously await the sequel...please tell me there is a sequel! I highly recommend this sophisticated tale...gripping until the end!
A chilling complex international thriller. An uncompleted film, a missing man and a historical war criminal mystery are all threads of this cleverly constructed plot.
Told from multi-points. of view the story of betrayal and greed unfolds. Glamorous settings and historical events, both actual and fictional, make this an absorbing read. The authentic and relatable characters each have a part to play in solving the mystery.
The detailed story varies in pace as it seamlessly moves between characterisation, flashbacks and adrenaline-pumping action. Full of visual imagery, the story reveals its secrets as if the reader is an eye witness. The use of screenplay interspersed with the prose, adds interest to the story. It provides important clues to the mystery.
The ending is exciting and gives the reader the completion they seek.
I received a copy of this book from Urbane Publications in return for an honest review.
Award-winning television / film producer and classic car collector M.N. (Mark) Grenside reeled me in with his debut fiction thriller FALL OUT.
It happened during my December 2021 vacation in Malta when I was browsing Agenda Bookshop looking for John Grisham's The Judge's List. And there it was -- Grenside's FALL OUT parked on the bookshelf right next to Grisham's latest. So I read Grenside, met him, liked him, signed him and took his work back to Canada for readers, writers, authors, actors and booksellers to discover.
Mark writes in a visual sense -- cinematic, with a seasoned knack of how to create a scene. He flavours it with just enough detail, historical fact and sharp "spoken" dialogue from a rich mix of characters to take the reader on a fascinating journey, absent of unwanted detail and flat "written" dialogue.
Set in the film business with a Hollywood opening, Mark's action-adventure mystery stars a glamorous couple -- film producer Marcus Riley and designer Melinda "Mako" de Turris -- in a life or death race through Cannes on the French Riviera to the Swiss Alps and into the dark jungles of the Philippines and onto the set of the old "Apocalypse Now" movie.
FALL OUT is the recipient of accolades and praise from M.N. Grenside's peers. Top shelf peers ranging from Academy Award, Emmy and multi-award-winning movie and television producers to leading entertainment executives, celebrity broadcasters, notable radio hosts and No. 1 bestselling authors.
FALL OUT is a must read for fans of crime fiction, mystery and thrillers -- especially for readers in or hoping to be in the television and film industry.
This book is made for the screen!
Bob Harris Writer and book promoter Vancouver, Canada
An absolute MUST read - seriously! If you want to travel the world without ever leaving your bed, then this book is for you. The gripping and intricate plot takes you to LA, France, Switzerland, and Vietnam. It's a true thriller and an absolute page turner. The characters are dynamic and incredibly well developed. As the book switches narratives, it feels like you're truly inside the mind of every character, living multiple lives at once - a great escape from the real world! I get easily bored, but the unexpected plot twists, rich historical roots, perfectly described destinations, and fast-paced plot kept me hooked. Every page begged the question, "What will happen next?". You really can't put it down. I did some research on the author and he has a history with film and television production, so the screenwriting feels superiorly authentic due to Grenside's personal expertise. While it is fiction, it's loosely based on true events so it's even more exciting knowing there's a truth behind it all. It's the perfect combination of action, romance, mystery, and history. Honestly, this unique book has it all and would be the perfect Hollywood blockbuster! I can't WAIT for the sequel! 11/10
When down-on-his-luck film producer, Marcus Riley, receives an exciting new screenplay from an old friend and associate, he figures his failing career has rounded the corner. However, Marcus’s troubles have hit a hairpin turn taking him down a deadly road toward a head-on collision with the past.
But, much like Riley’s Maserati Mistral convertible… it’s a pleasurable and stylish ride.
With FALL OUT, M.N. Grenside delivers a taut Mystery/Thriller, and his dual backgrounds in the insurance and entertainment industries shine through with an easy authoritativeness.
I found FALL OUT hard to put down once I started getting into it. The stakes are high, the consequences of failure are mortal, but Grenside delivers it all with a sense of breeziness and fun.
I look forward to reading Grenside’s follow up novel, THE BASTION, when it is released.
An original story line with the film industry as a backdrop. The research into detail is fascinating, I shall look at a tin of pipe tobacco in a different way from now on. The characters are engaging and the vicarious travel through the varied places in the story help to take the reader far away from his/her preoccupations. All in all, a good read and I much look forward to the sequel. "Bastion" featuring the fascinating little island state of Malta. Perhaps we might even be treated one day to a film/series, who knows.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I like thrillers if they have three-dimensional characters. (I always think of the poor pale minor characters in Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next literary detective series, when I say this.) Major and minor characters get the royal treatment in this book, which makes for a much more satisfying story. This story is a whopper! Movie business, history, world travel--it has them all. Oh yeah, and violence, too, but an elegant sort of violence to go along with the action. Treat yourself now to this very good read!
Excellent thriller set in a unique environment; the film business. Having been in the business myself for over 40 years, it felt similar to many of the adventures I have lived, of course with more thrills, suspense and danger. The author certainly knows film making and expertly exploits all its intricacies and weaves them into a highly believable if somewhat heightened reality. Highly recommended for a fun read, a real page turner. Congrats to Mr. Grenside, looking forward to your next one.
I really enjoyed this thriller! It has all the right ingredients: a complex, tense plot line, ultra glamorous international settings, believable characters, a treasure hunt, car chases, plenty of sex, violence and death - all cooked perfectly and blended to provide a great literary meal. You get, as well, a fascinating insight into the movie business. This is a better written and more sophisticated book than is typical of the genre, gripping right to the last page.
A brilliant page turning thriller debut where M.N. Grenside keeps us guessing while threading together a complex but all too human story of love, loss, betrayal and death against the background of the movie industry.
Excellent detail throughout shows a master of the craft of suspense in the making who deftly adds elegant minutiae which both enhance the storyline and demonstrate an author with cinematic scope in devising this intriguing yet plausible tale.
A brilliant thriller. The excitement builds up and you can't stop reading. The mystery grows, a bomb revelation is followed by more revelations and you do want to reach the end to unveil the mystery but, at the same time, you don't want to put an end to the excitement. A further interesting aspect is that the story is based on historical facts. Excellent book.
A really great read full of twists and turns, sharp observations and historic detail. You are led on a high octane adventure, zig zagging across the world, and taking in the culture and characters you’d expect in a thriller about the movie industry. You find yourself imagining the movie version as you read the book...and it should be a great movie!
Fall Out by M. N. Grenside. Great read! The author is a real expert on the inside workings of the movie business and has woven a thriller about an unmade movie that is full of intrigue and surprises. It is not a story that involves the local neighborhood but rather takes the reader around the world.
A truly gripping read based in the world of movie making. Vivid and true historical details previously unknown to me were revealed throughout. I found myself hiding behind my hands rather absurdly (as I do in the cinema), so graphic were some of the scenes. I can see how this book would easily translate onto the big screen and I am really looking forward to what this author has next to offer.
This is a thrilling read that races across the Globe from LA, London, Southern France, Philippines and the Swiss Alps. The complex characters have the authenticity that comes from an insider knowledge of the movie business that debut novelist M.N. Grenside has in buckets. Can’t wait to see the Film version on the big screen. 5 STARS from me!
Stunning thriller which will surely become a Hollywood blockbuster soon - gorgeous locations and highly original characters inhabit a fast-paced race to uncover an old betrayal before anyone else dies.... A very satisfying read.
A fun book. I don’t normally read books in English as Italian is my first language but this was a joy. Descriptive, fun characters, great locations and full of clever twists and turns. And I learned a lot about movies and a true dark secret of history.
A brilliant read. Riveting til the last page, you won't be able to put the book down. A gripping story of murder set in countries around the world. Bravo Mr. Mark Grenside on your debut novel. A must read for everyone.
Absolutely best book I've read in recent times, as the plot unfolds, it becomes more and more addictive you just won't want to stop reading! Can't wait for the next one, and also this is so good it would do an excellent movie or even series. Strongly recommended.